‘At the Nou Camp, You Have to Play the Referees Too’ Says Gabriel Paulista
Ex-Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has suggested that Barcelona get favourable decisionsfrom referees at the Nou Camp.
The Brazilian, now at Valencia, was part of Valencia’s 1-0 defeat at the stadium on Thursdayin the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.
Sergi Roberto was not sent off for a first half challenge on Andreas Pereira and Gabrielsuggested that this is typical in away fixtures at Barcelona.
“My teammates said that Sergi Roberto on Pereira was a red card. But we are at the NouCamp and you have to play Barcelona and the referees.”
Gabriel acknowledged the size of the task ahead of them in the second leg at the Mestallaon February, 15 th , as they seek to overturn Barca’s advantage.
“It will be difficult to get to the final, Barcelona are the best team in the world. We have to befully focused to get a place in the final.”